Four grants totaling $23,820 were given through the Future Generations Fund during the 2017 grant cycle. They include:
Hispanic Community Creative Arts at On Eagles Wings United Methodist Church, Kissimmee
Workshops in theater, dance, pantomime and music, as well as English language classes, will help the church connect with a growing population of young people made even larger by the influx of families with children from Puerto Rico. The goal is to help young people successfully transition to a new culture, while growing emotionally and spiritually.
Young Adult Leadership Incubator at Grace United Methodist Church, Cape Coral
This program is designed as a next-generations leadership incubator to discover, develop and deploy young people from the church into full- or part-time vocational ministry at Grace or in other church or cross-cultural settings.
Youth leader training at Youth Ministry Institute, Orlando
Youth Ministry Institute has trained United Methodist youth ministers for more than a decade through assessments, one-on-one and peer group coaching and strategic plan development. The ministry will use the grants to provide start-up funds to local churches wanting to enroll their newly hired youth minister in a developmental coaching cohort.
Wesley Roasts coffee house/study space at Stetson University Wesley Foundation, DeLand
The campus ministry’s Wesley House will offer co-working space and study aids for at least six study groups in partnership with a local artisan coffee roaster, with donations for coffee and pastries supporting a local charity of the month. The goal is to fill a need for more study space on campus, but also provide greater hospitality to the wider Stetson community, helping students feel more comfortable with the Wesley facility and programs through a “no-strings-attached gift to the campus.”